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article imageHouston cop shoots double-amputee in wheelchair

By Anne Sewell     Sep 23, 2012 in World
Houston - In an incident outside of a group home in Houston, a police officer shot and killed a wheelchair bound, double-amputee after the man threatened his partner.
Unfortunately the object with which the man was threatening the officer's partner turned out to be a pen.
John Garcia is the owner of the home at 4309 Polk where Brian Claunch, a schizophrenic man in his 40's, has been living for the past 18 months with two other men. Garcia has reportedly operated the personal care home for the past eight years.
Claunch apparently caused a disturbance and became agitated when his caretaker refused to give him a soda and a cigarette. Garcia then called the police.
According to police representatives, when the two officers arrived, the disabled man cornered one officer and threatened him with a metal object. Garcia said that Claunch ignored officers' commands and made threats against them and other occupants of the home.
Houston Police Department spokeswoman, Jodi Silva said, "He was approaching them aggressively. He was attempting to stab them with what is now found to be a pen."
According to Silva, Matthew Marin, a five-year Houston Police Department veteran, fired his weapon at least one time, fearing for his partner's safety and his own. Claunch died at the scene.
Garcia, owner of the group home told the Houston Chronicle that the deceased, Brian Claunch, was mentally ill. "He sometimes would go off a bit, but you just ignore it," Garcia said.
He said that Claunch had reportedly lost his arm and leg after being hit by a train.
The shooting officer, Marin, has been placed on three-day administrative leave, which is a standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings. Marin was reportedly involved in another fatal suspect shooting three years ago.
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